Ramen: Slurping is Mandatory

Why? Because slurping your noodles isn’t rude, it actually serves three purposes:

  1. It cools off your mouthful of noodles just enough to let you enjoy them while the rest of the bowl stays piping hot, and
  2. It aerates the noodles and the broth, allowing the flavors to mellow out and fully develop before you chew and swallow.
  3. If you eat your ramen daintily, the process can take a long time and the noodles will get all mushy.

Source: Slurping’s Mandatory: Why Getting Messy with Ramen Makes It Taste Better

Western etiquette says slurping is bad – and yes, as a result many of us find the sound irritating.  And it can be messy with spray…  But in some eastern cultures, eating very silently is rude.  Like how burping is a compliment to the chef?  Either way, ramen shops are often clear about the importance of slurping.